GNOME 3 Classic is supposed to provide a traditional interface for desktop computing for those not completely pleased with the default GNOME Shell. So when you hear people talk about it, you’d think that it is actually offers a true GNOME 2-ish interface for desktop computing.
But I found out while testing the main edition of Fedora 19 that it is far from a traditional desktop interface. That it is more like a hybrid desktop interface – a fusion of what could be considered a traditional desktop interface and the GNOME Shell.
To illustrate my point, here a few screen shots from a test installation of Fedora 19 GNOME 3. This first one is what the so-called GNOME 3 Classic desktop looks like, with its non-classic menu. Note the Activities Overview entry at the bottom of the menu.
Yep, clicking on it is like clicking on Activities in the top bar of a default GNOME Shell. The GNOME 3 Classic comes complete with the Dash, a bottom panel, and four workspaces, or virtual desktops.
And if you click on the last entry on the Dash, you get the application picker view, just like you would get with the GNOME Shell. This shows the Frequent applications view.
And this shows the real application picker view. So what, again, is the difference between GNOME 3 Classic and a default GNOME Shell desktop?
To me, the GNOME 3 Classic looks more like a GNOME Shell modified using a few extensions. And to buttress that point, here is a list of dependencies installed when you attempt to install gnome-desktop-classic, which is the package to install if you wish to take the GNOME 3 Classic desktop for a spin.
Images in this article were taken from a test installation of Fedora 19 GNOME. To download and test it on your machine, you may grab an installation image from here.